October 5, 2015
Monthly town board meeting was called to order by president McRoberts at 7:02pm. Present were Kilian, McRoberts and Trudo. Absent Lower and Simon. Also present were Hazel McRoberts, Jim and Pat Lembke, Janice Oaks and Steve Smith.
Reading of the minutes from the September 8, 2015 meeting were read and gone over. By a motion of Kilian,second by Trudo, minutes were accepted with 1 correction. Motion passed.
Reading of the bills payable for the end of September and current bills presented for the beginning of October were gone over. By a motion of Kilian, second by Trudo, bills were approved as follows. Motion passed.
Bills Payable Liquor Account: Bar wages for September $2,834.61, Krueger’s Food Fair 392.87, Dakota Tom’s 419.84, Lebanon Bar-Petty Cash 815.00, Coca Cola 231.36, Johnson Bros. 135.00, Northwest Beverage Inc. 1,277.35, Jerome Beverage Inc. 319.00, Hettinger-Mobridge Candy & Tobacco 1,033.05, Venture Communications 133.30, MDU 267.79, Mid Dakota Water 47.00, A & B Business 25.45, SD Dept. of Revenue & Regulations 313.84, Reuer Sanitation 64.48, Hazel McRoberts-Cleaning Supplies 27.96, Servall 43.82.
Bills Payable General Account: Allen Frost-Tree removal and cleanup 1,500.00, Hoven Co-Op for LP contract 2,750.00; Finance Officer wages 300.31, EMC Ins. 867.42, Venture Communications 42.93, MDU 569.57, Ulmer Tree Service 175.00 and New Creations 135.69.
Bills Payable Sewer Account: MDU-sewer lift $131.79
Bills Payable SLPF Account: DENR – 6th loan installment $2,391.71
Bar Business: Inventory will be taken on November 2nd at 10am. Monthly round-up will be held on Friday, October 30th at 7:30pm. There will be a dart meeting on Wednesday October 14th at 8pm to discuss the fall league and regular play will begin on Wednesday October 21st. After a long discussion by the board is was decided by a motion of Kilian, second by Trudo that Jan can call Venture Communications on getting an upgrade on the cable package to include sports. Motion passed.
Old business: 2nd reading of the 2016 Budget was gone over and by a motion of Kilian, second by Trudo. Budget was accepted as written. Motion passed.
New business: Finance Officer asked if she could attend the Election School on November 19th in Pierre. By a motion of Kilian, second by Trudo, Rachelle can attend said meeting. Motion passed. Finance Officer asked for the board to allow her to transfer 2,300.00 to the SLPF from Sewer Savings to pay the loan payment. By a motion of Kilian, second by Trudo, Rachelle was told to do so. Motion passed.
With there being no further business to discuss, by a motion of Kilian, second by Trudo, meeting was adjourned at 7:47pm. Motion passed. Next monthly meeting will be held on Thursday night the 5th of November at 7pm. Please mark your calendar with the change in date.
Finance Officer/Town of Lebanon
Published once at the total approximate cost of $29.66
POTTER COUNTY BOARD OF
OCTOBER 6TH 2015
The regular meeting was called to order by Chairman Worth at 8:00 A.M. in the Commissioners Room at the Courthouse. Commissioners present: Arbach, Frost, Williams and Maroney.
Moved by Williams, seconded by Maroney to approve Plat of Tract 2A Kula Addition to Potter County. All voted aye. Motion carried.
PLAT OF TRACT 2A KULA
ADDITION TO POTTER COUNTY
A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE Plat of Tract 2A Kula Addition to Potter County located in the SE ¼ SW ¼, Section 15, T117N, R78W, 5th P.M., Potter County, South Dakota.
WHERAS, the plat of the above described property has been executed according to statue, now therefor
BE IT RESOLVED by Potter County Board of Commissioners that the Plat of Tract 2A Kula Addition to Potter County located in the SE ¼ SW ¼, Section 15, T117N, R78W, 5th P.M., Potter County, South Dakota, have been examined, is hereby approved in accordance with the provisions of SDCL, Chapter 11-3, and any amendments thereof.
Dale Nauman met with the commissioners to discuss the exhibit building at the fairgrounds. The sliding doors have holes in them and are letting birds into the building. The stands and bleachers are also getting worn down in the building. We will find out if the exhibit building is a historical building before taking further action.
The Register of Deeds and the Auditor’s Account with the Treasurer were reviewed. Moved by Arbach, seconded by Frost to approve the above reports. The Auditor’s Account with the Treasurer as follows:
August 31, 2015
CASH ITEMS $1,393.10
CHECKS ON HAND $50,516.84
GREAT WESTERN $62,933.68
PLAINS COMMERCE CHECK
PLAINS COMMERCE INVEST
PLAINS COMMERCE BANK
TOTAL CASH BALANCE
TOTAL ASSETS IN CUSTODY OF COUNTY AS OF 8/31/2015
COUNTY AMOUNT $1,842,523.32
AMOUNTS HELD FOR
OTHER GOV $153,807.10
AMOUNTS HELD FOR OTHERS
TOTAL ASSETS $2,000,391.24
September 30, 2015
CASH ITEMS $2,048.38
CHECKS ON HAND $37,760.31
GREAT WESTERN $124,419.61
PLAINS COMMERCE CHECK
PLAINS COMMERCE INVEST
PLAINS COMMERCE BANK
TOTAL CASH BALANCE
TOTAL ASSETS IN CUSTODY OF COUNTY AS OF 9/30/2015
COUNTY AMOUNT $1,676,732.53
AMOUNTS HELD FOR
OTHER GOV $176,603.65
AMOUNTS HELD FOR OTHERS
TOTAL ASSETS $2,000,391.24
SUPT Smith along with Trandon Walter’s from Brosz Construction discussed the work that was done on FAS 155. The construction is complete. The cost was $13,000 under estimate. Moved by Frost, seconded by Arbach to pay Brosz Engineering by November 1st, 2016. All voted aye. Motion carried.
SUPT Smith and Trandon discussed the West Whitlock road and GFP will pay 75% with the County paying 25%. The estimated cost is $483,170.24 with the County Share $155,450.00. The county will haul the gravel for the road to be repaired next year. Contract completion date for this project shall be no later than December 31, 2016. Moved by Williams, seconded by Maroney to sign off on the GFP Contract. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Larry Griese retired from the Highway Department October 1, 2015. The need for hiring a full time person was discussed. Supt. Smith was authorized to advertise for a full time position.
Moved by Arbach, seconded by Williams to accept Brownlee Construction Inc. for gravel crushing at $3.84 per ton. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Gravel crushing will start mid-October.
Discussion for a new front lift on a Cat Motor grader for $8545 and a new ripper for $12,275. For CAT to reinstall a new ripper and front lift on new motor grader will cost $4250. We will have CAT install the new ripper and the Highway Department will change the new front lift.
South Dakota Department of Transportation new 2015 Five-Year County Highway and Bridge Improvement Plan Guide was discussed.
Sheriff Hamburger met to present the monthly activity report.
Request for payment for the electronic signs in Hoven was discussed. A Federal Grant will pay 80% with the City of Hoven paying 10% and Potter County paying 10%.
Sheriff Hamburger discussed that 2 Taser’s need to be replaced. This was agreed on.
ST ATTN Smith and Royce Hackl discussed the South Dakota Five County Television Translator District. This is a separate government entity created by the counties of Campbell, Walworth, Potter, Edmunds, and McPherson.
Wheel tax was discussed. No petition was taken out and this will be sent to the State Department of Motor Vehicle to be implemented January 1, 2016.
ST ATTN Smith discussed a poor lien on a juvenile. Letter will be sent to request payment of $40.00 a month.
Discussion of jail cost could be turned into a lien. A Judge may waive any payment for cost.
Moved by Maroney, seconded by Williams to approve the following claims and authorize the Auditor to issue warrants for the same. All voted aye. Motion carried.
OVERTIME: ALAN MCCLAIN $311.59, DON HERICKS 303.87, LARRY GRIESE 224.85, TIM GORDON 203.40, DICK HERICKS 240.75, GARY OAKS 216.56, JAMES LEMBKE 191.25, MARK KRAFT 1411.85.
COMM $3,518.70, ST ATTN 6,100.14, ROD 6,208.36, LIB 5,306.90, R&B 40,263.10, AUD 4,623.33. AFLAC 1,291.58, BCBS 33,097.14, VANKAMPEN 37.50, SDRS 9,746.34, DEARBORN 195.12, SDRS 2,745.00, GREAT WESTERN 22,918.84, AMERITAS 216.50, A & B BUSINESS, INC. 7.95, A & B BUSINESS, INC. 7.99,
A & B BUSINESS, INC. 21.23, A&B BUSINESS, INC. 497.40 SUPPLIES, ALCO-PRO, INC. 249.00, SYNCB/AMAZON 222.58, AMY WAGER 192.40, WILLIAM ARBACH 79.92, B & R TRUCK REPAIR 37.78 REPAIRS/MAINT., B M S INC 210.00, BARBARA VANDERVORST 233.59, BEST WESTERN RAMKOTA HOTEL 278.97, BETH PENROD 23.31,
BROSZ ENGINEERING, INC 8,987.50 SERVICES & FEES, BUTLER MACHINERY CO. 1,666.40 REPAIRS/MAINT., CALIFORNIA CONTRACTORS SUPPLIES 479.40 SUPPLIES, CENTER POINT LARGE PRINT 80.28, CENTURY LINK 82.00, CITY OF GETTYSBURG 15.75 UTILITIES, CITY OF GETTYSBURG 360.55,
CITY OF HOVEN 57.56 UTILITIES, CITY OF MOBRIDGE 2,722.55, COMFORT INN 92.06, CONNECTING POINT COMPUTER CENT 320.00 REPAIRS/MAINT., CONNECTING POINT COMPUTER CNTR 240.00, DAKOTA SUNSET MUSEUM 3,059.10, DAKOTA SUPPLY 50.48 SUPPLIES, DAKOTA FARM & RANCH SUPPLY 12.99,
DANI’S THISTLE SPRAYING 17,280.75, DELVIN WORTH 60.31, DON FROST 875.00, EDDIE’S TRUCK SALES 1,087.26 REPAIRS/MAINT., WILLIAM FROST 101.62, GAS N GOODIES 32.01, ANGELA GERBER 70.25, GREAT WESTERN TIRE, INC. 4,473.62 REPAIRS/MAINT., HEARTLAND WASTE MANAGEMENT, INC 50.00,
HEARTLAND WASTE MANAGEMENT, INC 50.00, HEARTLAND WASTE MANAGEMENT, IN 100.00 UTILITIES, FALYN HOGG 103.78, HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS 1,147.82, HOVEN COOP SERVICE 474.06 UTILITIES, HOVEN MEDIA, INC. 158.75, HOVEN MEDIA, INC. 388.86, HOVEN REVIEW 34.02 PUBLISHING, JEANIE LAGAN 92.50,
JOHN DEERE FINANCIAL 927.44 REPAIRS/MAINT., LAR-JO’S 984.12, LESA SCHMITZ 19.02, LIBRARY STORE 193.35, MATTHEW BENDER & CO 61.24, MCLEOD’S OFFICE SUPPLIES 160.51, MONTANA DAKOTA UTILITIES 473.69, MICROFILM IMAGING SYSTEMS, INC. 150.00, MICROFILM IMAGING SYSTEMS, INC. 150.00,
MIDWAY PARTS 85.55 REPAIRS/MAINT., MODERN MARKETING 117.52, MONTANA DAKOTA UTILITIES 231.02 UTILITIES, MOTION PICTURE LICENSING CORP 120.00, NADA USED CAR GUIDE 105.00, NEVE’S UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT 111.15, NEW CREATIONS 150.94, NORTH CENTRAL FARMERS ELEVATOR 1,834.63 TRAVEL & CONF.,
NORTHERN PLAINS COOPERATIVE 14,792.00 TRAVEL & CONF., OUTDOOR LIFE 10.00, POTTER COUNTY TREASURER 413.75, POTTER COUNTY NEWS 22.40, POTTER COUNTY NEWS 226.39, RAMADA MITCHELL 156.00, RDJ SPECIALTIES 255.37, CHERYL SAUTNER 72.10, SCHLACHTER LUMBER 25.94 SUPPLIES,
SD DEPT OF TRANS, DIV. OF FINA 91.02 SERVICES & FEES, SDACC 836.92, SDEMA 30.00, SERVALL 37.24, SERVALL 18.62, SERVALL UNIFORM & LINEN SUPPLY 162.28 SUPPLIES, SHANE’S PHARMACY 30.00, SHAWNA SHAW 110.50, SHEEHAN MACK SALES 33.20 REPAIRS/MAINT., SMITH, STEVE 84.00,
SMITH, STEVE 48.08, CRAIG SMITH 475.23, SOVELL, EMILY 912.98, ELAINE STORKSON 58.25, TEAM LABORATORY CHEMICAL CORP 187.50 SUPPLIES, TRUE VALUE HARDWARE 16.74 REPAIRS/MAINT., The BURG 679.05 TRAVEL & CONF., VENTURE COMMUNICATIONS 893.82, VENTURE COMMUNICATIONS IN 158.03 UTILITIES,
VERIZON WIRELESS 159.31, VERIZON WIRELESS 12.36 UTILITIES, VILAS 34.37, VILAS 70.92 , VILAS 23.74 , US BANK VOYAGER FLEET SYS INC 302.68, WALWORTH CO. TREAS., CUSTODIAN 5,280.00, WALWORTH CO. SHERIFF’S DEPT. 640.00, WESTERN COMMUNICATIONS, INC 100.00, BRUCE WILLIAMS 44.40
Chris Rude, Dave Willis and Crissy Oakley from BW Insurance presented health insurance quotes. Chris also explained Supplemental Insurance.
Moved by Frost, seconded by Williams to adjourn. All voted aye. Motion carried.
DELVIN WORTH, CHAIRMAN
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Published once at the total approximate cost of $104.74
Gettysburg, South Dakota
October 5, 2015
Pursuant to the due call and notice thereof, the City Council met in regular session on October 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Those present Mayor Bill Wuttke, Ron Larson, Pat Everson, Fran VanBockel (joined meeting at 7:05) Dawn Nagel (joined meeting at 7:30), Mick Bliese, and Bryan Hause. Also present was Russell Anderson, Maintenance Supervisor, Daniall Ablott, Finance Officer, Mark Kessler, Chief of Police, and Mike Jager.
Payroll Expense by Department:
Finance Office, $3,991.63; Police, 3,529.15; Streets, 4,198.62; Landfill, 1,866.51; Water, 1,493.50; Sewer, 2,986.14; Airport, 179.39; Ambulance, 3,310.50; Parks, 1,788.63.
Total Payroll Expense
by Department $23,344.07
Net Payroll September 2015
Avera Queen of Peace, Employee Random Drug Testing, $61.40; Bank of the West, Payroll Taxes, Sales Tax, 5,432.47; Beringer, Edward, Water Deposit Refund, 100.00; Cam-Wal Electric, Security Light, 11.50; Child Support Payment Center, Child Support, 125.00; Companion Life, Life Insurance, 16.72; Creative Product Source, Police Supplies, 232.58;
Dakota Backup, Computer Backup, 310.86; DakotaCare Insurance, Health Insurance, 4,032.65; Dakota Farm & Ranch Supply, Street, Park, Police, Water and Office Supplies, 296.22; Dean’s Repair, Police Car Repair, 57.95; Economic Development, 3rd Qtr Stipend, 6,250.00; Gas and Goodies, Police Car Wash, 29.00; Gettysburg Development Corp, August BBB Taxes, 1,014.20;
Goldsmith & Heck Engineers, Water Tower Bid, 11,560.00; Hall, Vanessa, Water Deposit Refund, 100.00; Heartland Waste Management, September Garbage Fees, 4,982.42; Jensen’s Rock & Sand, Asphalt for Streets, 633,249.34; John Deere Financial, Ambulance and Street Repair, 1,735.26; Kruger, David, Water Deposit Refund, 100.00; Lamb Motor Company, Airport Equipment Repair, 27.75;
Logan Electric Inc, Repair Street Lights, 1,226.30; Mid Dakota Rural Water System, Water, 14,605.81; Midway Parts, Inc, Street, Parks, and Sewer Parts, 321.48; MN Wireless, Internet for Airport and Fire Hall, 71.00; Montana Dakota Utilities, Electricity, Street Lights, and Gas, 3,812.20; Northwest Pipe Fittings, Inc, Water and Sewer Supplies, 1,665.01;
Physio Control, Inc, Police AED’s, 5,143.40; Potter County News, Publishing, 539.77; Praxair, Ambulance Supplies, 159.58; Red River Grain Company, Mosquito Spraying Supplies, 573.68; Rees Communication, New EMT Radios, Install Radio in Ambulance, 9,673.00; Schlachter, Kathleen, EMT Conference Reimbursement, 175.85; Servall Uniform & Linen, Rugs, 261.61;
SD Department of Revenue, Water Testing, 30.00; SD Emergency Medical Service, EMT Conference Registrations, 443.70; SD Municipal League, Election Conference, 50.00; SD One Call, September One Calls, 18.90; SD Public Assurance Alliance, Insurance, 409.00; SD Retirement System, Retirement, 2,178.46; Stroup, David, Ambulance Fuel Reimbursement, 74.83;
True Value, Police, Park, and Sewer Supplies, 180.51; US Postmaster, October Water Bills, 185.85; Venture Communication, Phone, Fax, Internet, 707.53; Verizon Wireless, Maintenance and Police Cell Phones, 256.43; Vila’s, Swimming Pool, Park, Street, & Office Supplies, 290.43; Warner, Jared, Water Deposit Refund, 100.00; Wex Bank, Ambulance Fuel, 334.00.
TOTAL CHECKS $730,640.24
Moved by Everson, Bliese seconded, motion carried to approve the minutes from September 8, 2015.
Moved by Everson, Hause seconded, motion carried to approve Accounts Payable.
Mayor Wuttke opened up bids for the ambulance and crawler. No bids were received on the crawler. One bid for the ambulance in the amount of $2,573.00 was given. Motion by Hause, Everson seconded, motion carried to reject the bid from Robert Koski.
Moved by Bliese, VanBockel seconded, Hause – nay, motion carried to approve the purchase of new EMT radios.
Todd Goldsmith of Goldsmith, Heck Engineering recommends the city approve Maguire Iron’s bid for sandblasting, painting and lead containment of the water tower. The sample of paint tested by Goldsmith does contain lead. Moved by Hause, Bliese seconded, VanBockel – nay, motion carried to approve the bid by Maguire Iron for $314,800.00.
Chief of Police gave his report on police activities over the past month.
Anderson reported that Jensen’s are done with the streets for this year. He now hopes for good weather to finish the rest of his projects.
Pool Personnel Bonuses were discussed. Motion by VanBockel, Everson seconded, motion carried to have the Pool Committee meet with Julie to approve bonuses for active pool personnel at their discretion, and to disburse the bonuses before the next council meeting.
Ablott asked permission to send out for a bid on a 5 year contract for garbage pick-up for the City of Gettysburg. Motion by Everson, VanBockel seconded motion carried to advertise for bids on garbage pick-up.
Ambulance write-offs were presented to the council. Motion by VanBockel, Larson seconded, motion approved to write off $5,773.62 for Medicaid patients.
Council Member Nagel joins the group at 7:30 pm.
The Fire Hall is having issues with the control pump and thermostats on their boiler. Motion by Everson, VanBockel seconded, Hause – nay, Nagel – nay, to have Steven Zuber replace the control pump and thermostat and put antifreeze through the system. Finance Officer Ablott will contact Marske with HKG architects, to verify if the control pump is a warranty issue.
Ablott asked for approval for a Caller Id and Voicemail for security purposes in the office. Motion by VanBockel, Nagel seconded, motion carried to approve Caller ID for both office phones at the cost of $7.00 per month.
Health Insurance rates have increased for 2016. Motion by VanBockel, Everson seconded, motion carried to approve the DakotaCare plan with a 7.925% increase, a $1500 deductible and the Schedule B Prescription Plan.
One building permit was presented to the council: Robert Lowe (Fence). Moved by Hause, Everson seconded, motion carried to approve this permit.
One fuel bid was received by Fischer Oil for the following: Unleaded $2.30, #2 Dye $2.00, #1 Fuel $2.46. Motioned by Larson, Hause seconded motion carried to approve Fischer Oil’s bid.
Correspondence / Round Table Discussion – Larson asked about the liquor license for the Medicine Rock. The transfer was accepted and sent into the state for approval. The state approved it within a week of receiving it and emailed the license which was printed and distributed that afternoon. Mayor stated that prior to this Amy Hartung has never addressed the Council asking about alcohol licenses availability. VanBockel stated she had been hearing a lot of good things about the streets and congratulates the 5 year planning committee. Anderson with the Council’s approval will use the 1998 Ambulance in the maintenance department.
Motioned by Bliese, VanBockel seconded motion carried to adjourn at 8:00 PM.
Bill Wuttke, Mayor
Daniall Ablott, Finance Officer
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Last week, as the people in South Dakota watched a terrifying story unfold about a shooting at Harrisburg High School, one Gettysburg resident was working at a school in the district and experiencing the fear first hand.
As a grad student in the counseling program at SDSU, Alyssa Cronin, 2010 graduate of GHS and daughter of Mike and Jamie Cronin, was volunteering at a Harrisburg middle school as part of a nationally recognized program called Challenge Day.
The program was being conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 30, not far from where a 16 year old student was pointing a gun at his high school principal.
“A huge component of this program is anti-bullying, but it is also to create a movement of compassion and positive change within middle and high schools,” said Cronin. She explained that it is an entire school day designed for 100 students, with two Challenge Day coordinators and volunteers, including people from the community and parents, along with teachers and coaches within the school who direct the program.
Cronin was serving as a group leader with the Challenge Day program at Harrisburg North Middle School that day. During this program the 100 kids and adults are “locked” in the school gym and participated in large and small group activities. “We were participating in a large group activity to promote team building when the principal entered and spoke privately to the two Challenge Day coordinators and a couple of the teachers,” she said. The leaders continued doing the activity with the students as the teachers whispered, one by one, to each other and the volunteers explaining that the school was in lock down and there was a shooter, but to proceed as normal because they had no additional information except that it was not a drill.
Ironically, they had just had a lock down drill the day before.
As they continued the activity, the principal came on the intercom and stated that students would not be leaving their current classroom to go to their next period class, and under no circumstances were they to leave the classroom. “The kids participating in Challenge Day started asking questions and we just told them that this did not apply to them and that it was for the students who were having a regular school day. We were also not allowed to let the students leave the gym to go to the bathroom, which raised questions with the students, but we just tried to take attention away from the situation and told them that it was important they were participating in the activities.” Cronin said that at this time they had no idea that the shooter was not at their school. They only knew there was a shooter, which led them to suspect he or she was at their school.
Eventually the principal came back and spoke to a few of the teachers, and a few of them left and were making phone calls in the corner of the gym. The teachers shared the information with each other again, but this time Cronin and the other SDSU students were not told anything. Despite being very scared themselves, they again continued as normal so the students would not be worried.
Within a half an hour the principal came back on the intercom and told students they were to proceed to their next class and then teachers were to close their doors. “This raised more questions from the students as they started to realize something was wrong,” said Cronin. Because they started to lose the students from participating in the activities, one of the teachers decided to make an announcement and shared that there had been a shooting at Harrisburg High School and the principal was injured but would be okay and no one else was hurt, and they would be bussing students from the high school to the other Harrisburg middle school.
“At this point there was a lot of commotion as some of the students started to scream and cry because they had siblings or knew someone at the high school, and everyone wanted to call their parents,” she said. They broke into small group of five or six students with one adult per group to discuss the situation with the students.
“I had a girl in my group whose sister goes to school at the high school and she was pretty inconsolable,” she said. The students were allowed to get their cell phones and make calls, so many of the students were on their phones or talking with each other. That resulted in a lot of hearsay and “telephone,” where one student would supposedly hear something or read something on social media and spread the details around, with some information correct, and some not.
Later, the principal made another announcement that the school day and Challenge Day were to continue as normal because there was no danger and the suspect was in custody. “We continued with the scheduled activities and as adults made ourselves available to the students if they needed to talk about the situation,” she said.
Cronin said that at the end of the day they recapped with the students and discussed the day and the shooting. “The Challenge Day leaders and adult group leaders tried to use the situation as a teaching point, sharing that maybe if this student, the shooter, had been provided with the tools of healthy self expression and was able to share his true self, both of which are goals of Challenge Day, this event may never had happened.”
She described the day as extremely exhausting both physically and emotionally, going from entering lock down and thinking there was a shooter in their school, to helping the students process the information and trying to reassure them in any way possible.
Cronin said that thankfully the shooting did not occur where she was physically located at the school, but being part of such an ordeal was “extremely eye opening and scary, especially given the fact that I had a responsibility to protect these 100 middle schoolers with no training or knowledge on the proper procedures in such a situation.”
While she said she felt every bit as vulnerable as the students, thankfully the teachers were wonderful examples on how to act in such a scary situation. “I don’t think teachers get near as much credit as they deserve for the things they endure to teach and protect our society’s youth,” she said. “We also had two amazing Challenge Day leaders who helped us almost seamlessly continue to teach the students the purpose of the program — to be the change we want to see in our youth, schools, and society.”
-compiled by MMcR with information from Alyssa Cronin
It is time to get flu shots before the influenza season hits.
Influenza vaccinations will be offered at Community Care Clinic in Gettysburg on Thursdays, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, and Oct. 29. The vaccinations will only be given in the morning and by appointment.
The vaccination are open to people of all ages.
Call the clinic at 765-2273 (CARE) to schedule an appointment for the flu shot.
Resident only pheasant hunting is open this weekend, Oct. 10-12 on public land in South Dakota.
The big hunt is set for next weekend when the season opens on Oct. 17.
The pheasant season runs through Jan. 3, with a daily limit of three rooster pheasants. Shooting hours run from 12 noon to sunset this weekend.
For more details, check online at gfp.sd.gov
The regular meeting of the Gettysburg School Board will be held on Monday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the school conference room.
Discussion items on the agenda include youth center schedule, retention policy second reading, peanut free policy, facility use agreement, five year capital outlay plan, new school construction update, approve open enrollment, focus school standardized testing, bad check fee charge, and administrative reports.
The meetings are open to the public and all those interested are encouraged to attend.
Blood donors are needed, and Gettysburg is hosting a community blood drive on Oct. 26-27 to help.
People are urged to roll up their sleeves and donate blood if they can. As a bonus, your blood pressure, temperature, pulse, cholesterol, and iron level will also be checked!
The blood drive in Gettysburg will take place on Monday, Oct. 26 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Grace Bible Church.
To schedule a donation time contact Dorothy Smith at 765-9706 or online at www.bloodhero.com, click on locate a blood drive and under Search by Sponsor enter code: gettysburg